Gladstone Hotel

Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel, a once run-down flophouse, has been recently transformed into a boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the vibrant West Queen West art scene at the edge of Parkdale .

Gladstone Hotel

They've got 37 rooms each uniquely decorated by local designers. If you want a true Canadian experience, opt for the Canadiana Room, where you'll appreciate details such as the maple leaf motif in the dresser drawers and Canadian authored books in the bookshelf unit.

We found the bed quite comfy. In the closet you'll find real hangers and in the bathroom you'll find nice handmade soaps from nearby Prince Edward County. There's a corkscrew provided in the room, but no wine glasses (just regular glasses). There's a flatscreen TV for your viewing pleasure. And earplugs are provided. This comes in handy, considering several rooms overlook the often noisy-until-the-wee-hours, bustling Queen Street West.

There's a charming, old elevator that can take you up to the fourth floor, but you may get impatient waiting for it and opt for the stairs.

Gladstone Hotel

Friendly and helpful concierge. Check-in at 3 p.m. Check-out at noon. $10 parking fee at the nearby grocery store just north of the hotel seems like an afterthought. They offer free wireless internet, but no available outlet for plugging in laptop. I had to unplug the TV to make an outlet available. There was a big dirty streak on the wall under one of the paintings in the room. The shower was not hot enough at full heat when I showered late in the morning before checking out.

Gladstone Hotel

Don't expect much in the way of an intimate dining experience in The Ballroom Cafe. Service is attentive, but the dining room itself has more of a bustling bar kind of feel. The food, with a focus on local, fair trade and organic ingredients, is scrumptious.

Gladstone Hotel

Who stays here? Locals who get drunk and hook up after singing karaoke at The Melody Bar; hipster out-of-towners wanting to look the part of the Queen Street West arts scene; and celebrities who want to remain anonymous. "We treat celebrities like regular people and we treat regular people like celebrities."

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  • March 31 - April 2

    Towards the Unknown: Refugee Journeys Through Syria, Greece and Germany

    The Photography of Tanya Bindra and Ali Mustafa

    The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the work of photojournalist Tanya Bindra, the first recipient of the annual Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for Peoples Journalism.

    The award was estalished in 2014 to honour Ali Mustafa, a Toronto-based photojournalist who was killed by a Syrian regime barrel bomb in 2014.

    Since accepting the award in March 2016, Tanya has been documenting the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, Italy and Greece. 'Towards the Unknown' examines the processes of identity formation and belonging among refugees and asylum-seekers, and captures the ambiguities and contradictions of their varied experiences.

    You can read her full artist statement here:

    Please join us for an opening reception on Friday March 31st from 7-10 PM at the Gladstone Hotel, where we will exhibit Tanya's work along with some of Ali Mustafa's photography on Syria.

    We will also announce the winner of the 2017 Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People's Journalism at this opening.

    The exhibition will continue to run on Saturday April 1st and Sunday April 2nd, from 12pm to 5pm.

    There is no admission, but donations are appreciated.

    We also encourage you to support our collective on Patreon:

    Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective:

    Tanya Bindra, Photographer:

  • April 1

    Like....Toronto TOTALLY continues to kill it right now with a love of all things 90s. What better way to continue the local love than with the biggest and best 90s party this city has ever seen?


    share this totally rad event with your friends!

    90s Video Dance Party pays tribute of ALL of your favorite classics!

    90s music videos DJ'd all night by our resident DJ Caff

    Free glowsticks.

    90s themed drink specials.

    $100 90s themed costume contest

    $10 Advance:

    $15 At the door

    Join our 90s Party Page

  • May 30

    Another Story Bookshop & Pages UnBound present:

    Decolonial Love: An evening Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Gwen Benaway and Gregory Scofield

    Featuring readings from their new books and a conversation with Susan Blight

    Tuesday, May 30th @ 7pm

    Gladstone Hotel - Ballroom

    1214 Queen St West

    Co-sponsored by Unifor

    There will be no alcohol served at the event, or permitted into the Ballroom.

    The venue is fully wheelchair accessible

    Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and songbringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

    Working for over a decade an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and has twenty years experience with Indigenous land based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, is currently faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh NWT and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University.

    Leanne will read from her new novel This Accident of Being Lost April 2017, House of Anansi Press

    Gwen Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Mtis descent. Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013 and her second collection of poetry, Passage, was published by Kegedonce Press in Fall 2016. As emerging Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speakers Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received a Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer's Trust of Canada.

    Gwen will read from her new book of poetry, Passage Jan 2017, Kegondance Press

    Gregory Scofield is Red River Metis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and to the Metis community of Kinesota, Manitoba. He has taught First Nations and Metis Literature and Creative Writing at Brandon University, Emily Carr University of Art Design, and the Alberta College of Art Design. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in English at Laurentian University where he teaches Creative Writing, and previously served as writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Memorial University.

    Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel. In addition to several volumes of poetry, Scofield is the author of the memoir, Thunder Through My Veins 1999, and his latest collection of poetry is Witness, I Am 2016. In 2016, The Writers' Trust of Canada awarded Scofield with the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize.

    Gregory will read from his new book of poetry, "Witness, I Am" Harbour Publishing

    Susan Blight is Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation. A visual artist, filmmaker, and arts educator, Susans films and video work have been screened at such venues as Media City International Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, and the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival. Her most recent short film, Misaabe, was included in the 2015 ImagineNATIVE Film and Video National Tour. In addition, Susan has exhibited at Gallery 44, The Print Studio, Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her writingfocused on Anishinaabeg resurgence, Indigenous resistance, and anti-oppressionhas been published in Shameless Magazine, the Humber Literary Review, Muskrat Magazine, the Globe and Mail, and on the Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society blog.

  • April 6

    Awesome music.

    No Cover.

    Lots of beers on tap.

    Doors at 7pm.

    Phill Hood at 8pm

    Nicolas Patterson at 9pm

    -- PHILL HOOD --

    Phill is an award-winning singer/songwriter and performer from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Since moving to Toronto in 2003, he has been blessed to have shared the stage with many of the citys most talented musicians! Having grown up in rugged Newfoundland, Phill was exposed to Celtic music and culture at a very early age, but did not truly embrace it until he left his homeland to study music in Toronto and started to miss the sounds that reminded him most of home. Having honed his craft in many a dark pub, Phill quickly found himself in a network of similar minded musicians as he began to craft a sound deep rooted classic rock, power pop, with subtle maritime and Celtic roots.

    With the recent formation of a full 5 piece band, Phill Hood and the Exclamation or Phill Hood!, 2017 will mark the beginning of a new era for Phill with his upcoming release of Travel, his debut album.


    Born in Montreal, Nicolas Patterson was raised in an environment where English and French would quite often merge into one language.

    Over the past three years, the singer/songwriter has twice toured overseas in Europe and played over a hundred shows in Quebec, Ontario and across the borders in California and New York. Time, hard work and perseverance have provided the artist with opportunities to share stages with Bobby Bazini, Jonathan Roy, Kim Churchill and many more.

    On February 10 2017, Nicolas debut Ep was released. With this album, the artist embraces light and bright pop flavours of his own, which are sometimes intertwined with his undeniable folk influences. While telling stories of changes and escapes, Everything Is Changing is also an invitation to stay.

  • April 19

    On the opening night of Gladstone Grow Op 2017 our annual exhibition on Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art we present the Harvest Wednesdays Equinosha food festival in the Ballroom that celebrates and showcases the artistry of Ontarios local producers. Your ticket will give you free entry to explore Grow Op along with enjoying sustainable, seasonal, and delightfully delicious bites that are nothing short of artful.

    Take in live music, inspiring speeches, and delicious appretizers while you break bread with the local producers from across Ontario. With sampling stations set up around the Ballroom, youll have the chance to experience local wines, meats, cheeses and specialty foods along with hors doeuvres prepared by the Gladstones new Executive Chef and local food activist Joshna Maharaj shoulder to shoulder with featured guest chefs.

    Feed body and mind as you make the connection between landscape, food and arton the walls, in our rooms, on your plate and in your drink!

    Tickets are available on Eventbrite Select the Grow Op Food and Drink Show ticket option.

    List of local artisans coming soon!

    About Harvest Wednesdays Equinosh

    Equinosh was founded in 2014 by Grow Op Founder Victoria Taylor alongside Chef Jamie Kennedy and Chef Miriam Streiman to present an ambulatory feast for the senses that celebrated the diversity of two local agricultural landscapes Prince Edward County and Grey-Bruce County. We're thrilled to bring their vision back under the banner of Grow Op and Harvest Wednesdaysa farm to table culinary series at the Gladstone Hotel.

    Harvest Wednesdays was launched by Christina Zeidler in 2006 as an opportunity to connect urbanites with rural producers and begin a dialogue that helped shape the community around Torontos artisan food scene. The concept was simple: the Gladstone would buy shares in a Community Shared Agriculture, and let each weeks bounty shape the offerings of a harvest table dinner, imagine a local food version of Chopped. This direct support of farmer Sherry Patterson of Chick-a-Biddy Acres CSA was the beginning of a beautiful dialogue.

  • April 23

    Just in time for Spring and Earth Day, the Gladstone Hotel presents Grow Op, a four-day landscape art and design exhibition from April 21-24. Stop by the Gladstone Flea on Sunday from 10-4 pm to peruse goods from local, ethical, environmentally sustainable makers and then check out over 30 thought-provoking works that respond to environmental responsibility and sustainability, public spaces and landscape urbanism on the second floor!


    The Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch.

    If youre on the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles come to the Gladstone Flea! While youre there have some brunch in the cafe, check out the art in the gallery, stay while

    Vendor list is coming soon.

    If youre interested in participating as a vendor in any of the upcoming Gladstone Fleas please email

  • March 31

    Starting on March 31st! Come be a drag with us every Friday in the Gladstone Melody Bar for the live screening of season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race!

    SCREENING WILL BEGIN on the 2nd EPISODE DATE! LONG WINTER takes over the Gladstone during the premiere date which will be fab too!...

    SOOO WE WILL be showing the premiere at 6:30pm to make up for it new episode at 8pm with the secret show after ! ;

    we will fill up so get here early for tasty eats, libations and fabulous banter from your dazzling scrumptious hosts Allysin Chaynes and Champagna Enemea, featuring the House of Filth.

    Start your Friday here with salty commentary and amazing drag performances from the House of Filth. So many fabulous new queens we could just spit! Bring your fiercest friends and a little bit of old-fashioned shade too. Your favourite west end viewing party is baaaaaack and better then ever!

  • March 29

    Our beloved Harvest Wednesday is back by popular demand! The Gladstone Hotel invites Toronto’s urbanites to experience our food philosophy through a series of local food events inspired by #CANADA150 and harvested in the natural rhythm of Ontario’s growing season.

  • March 30

    The truth is out there.

    Expose it The Truth, that is at X-Files Trivia hosted by the always hilarious, always entertaining Kaleb Robertson. Relive the supernatural, Scullys hyper-rational verbiage and amazing hair and FBI agent Spooky Mulders relentless pursuit of whats really out there over nine glorious seasons.

    How it works:

    Come alone or bring a team of up to FOUR people and prepare to answer very important questions. Your lively hosts will lead you through a night of trivia questions, including audio clues, video montages and more. Winners will be awarded prizes & prestige!

    Trivia starts at 8pm sharp so come early to grab a seat and a bite to eat!

    Cost: $2 per person, bring your toonies!

  • April 9

    You're invited to our annual Red Violin Fundraiser on Sunday, April 9 at The Gladstone Hotel. The event will be a chance for friends, families, and donors of Sistema Toronto to socialize with good food, drinks and an amazing line-up of performing artists. We will also have a silent auction with great items from community supporters.

    Hosted by Lana Gay

    Performances by:

    Brooklyn Doran

    Abigail Lapell

    Neil Braithwaite

  • March 28

    Some people think PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA is great; others, like the President of Iceland, are soulless monsters who have never known joy.

    Certain folks consider GOOEY EGGS to be gross; and then there are those who are just smart, confident, successful individuals.

    (^^^ Unbiased presentation of the facts ^^^)

    BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK — AND WHY? Join Eli Burnstein (of Spelling Bae infamy) for DEBAETE CLUB: FOOD-FIGHT EDITION, where he will pit two teams of two against each other in the Melody Bar on topics ranging from the preposterous to the hilarious—old-school debate style.

    Two rounds. Sign-up at 8:30. No expertise needed. And if you're more of the spectator-type, come, grab a beer, and watch the madness unfold.

  • April 19-23

    Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, celebrates its fifth year in April 2017 as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

    #GrowOp2017 employ the tools of art, craft and design to question our conceptions of urban and wild, culture and nature for the upcoming juried exhibition, curated by Christine Leu and Alan Webb of LeuWebb Projects with Lukus Toane.

    Wed Apr. 19, 7-9pm Thurs Apr. 20, 11-10pm Fri Apr. 21, 11-10pm Sat Apr. 22, 10am-9pm Sun Apr. 23, 10-5pm

    Opening Reception Apr. 22nd 7-10pm

    More Grow Op event Coming Soon!

    2017 Participants:

    David Ballantine, Melanie Billark, Bruno Billio, Liam Blackwell, Micah Donovan, Jordan Duke & Dayne Roy-Caldwell, Agnieszka Forfa, Eve Gane, Julie Gladstone, Martha Barron Griffith, Monica Gutierrez, John Haney, Byron Hodgins, Rebecca Jane Houston, Hayden King and Susan Blight, Aisling OCarroll & Sara Jacobs, Olga Klosowski, Becky Lauzon, Katie Lawson, Lindy Wilkins & Dushan Milic, Michelle Hunniford & Magdalena Milosz, Kate & Claire Nelischer, D & S Projects, PseudoStudio, Rachel Grice & Rekha Ramachandran, Shadi Ramos, Safiya Randera, Daniel Ranger, Miles Rufelds, The Urban Apothecary

    In conjunction with Gladstone Art Hut installation by Rui Pimenta Layne Hinton

    General Admission $10, Student Day with ID, Family of 4 $25, Student Groups $25 advanced booking only.

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